Old Fashioned Christmas in Dahlonega, Georgia. Photo by Jeremy Satterfield
Georgia's Magical Holiday Events
From holiday lights to train rides with Santa, experience the magic of the season at these Georgia events!
Twinkling lights, train rides, historic home tours and more fill the events calendar throughout the holidays in Georgia. These signature events are gifts the whole family will enjoy this holiday season.
Holiday Light Displays
Holly Jolly Jekyll
Jekyll Island is home to more than a million lights during the Holly Jolly Jekyll season. The Great Tree alone has more than 45,000, which is more per square foot than the NYC Rockefeller Center Christmas tree! Purchase tickets online for the guided tram tours that take place on select nights. Trolley riders will enjoy festive holiday beverages, music, and a one-of-a-kind tour souvenir!
Don't miss the light parade, holiday fireworks, and special drive-in movie presentations. Check the Jekyll Island events calendar for a full lineup of holiday fun!
Nov. 25, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2023
Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens
Callaway Resort & Gardens' Fantasy In Lights is not only the South's most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world's "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights," as named by National Geographic Traveler. In 2020, a scene titled Magical Field of Lights made its debut to mark the 29th year of this spectacular Christmas event! The Field of Lights scene is nearly two football fields long, featuring a Christmas tree more than 10 stories tall, making it the tallest Christmas tree in the South. Shop in the Christmas Village, and ride through the illuminated forest.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
The annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The massive Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest and Model Trains continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.
Nov. 12, 2022 - Jan. 14, 2023
Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights
This award-winning light extravaganza at Rock City Gardens features more than 30 holiday scenes that transform the gardens' natural daytime splendor into a nocturnal fantasyland. Explore the Arctic Kingdom Aurora Lights, the Magic Forest and more, while also enjoying holiday shopping and visiting with Santa.
Nov. 18, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023. Reserved timed entry tickets must be purchased online in advance.
This walk-through light show at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens features illuminated displays along a half-mile path that is certain to delight and inspire. Wander through the Garden of Delights, Candy Cane Lane and Cone Tree Plaza while you enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and shop for gifts in the holiday market. The half-mile trail takes 45-60 minutes to complete and is fully ADA accessible.
Select nights Nov. 23, 2022, through Jan. 8, 2023
Tree Lighting Events
Join magical festivities in town squares throughout the state in dramatic holiday lighting ceremonies with music, performances, food and much more family fun. Mark your calendars for these hometown favorites:
Have a holly jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than 2 million lights, festive music and visits from some your favorite holiday characters at Stone Mountain Christmas. Start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for your kids...and you.
Nov. 12, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023
Victorian Christmas in Thomasville
Carriage rides with jingle bells and twinkling lights set the stage for a truly unforgettable experience during Thomasville's Victorian Christmas. Carolers sing traditional favorites while colorful characters capture your imagination with street theater. Community sing-alongs, chestnut roasting and marshmallow toasting will put you in the mood for Christmas. Festival favorites include live musical entertainment, carriage rides, a live nativity and a winter wonderland for children!
Christmas at the Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville
Embrace the smell of fresh-cut Fraser firs and chestnuts on the fire as Milledgeville's Old Governor’s Mansion transforms into a beautiful representation of what Christmas looked like in the time period before the Civil War. During Christmas at the Mansion, every room is dressed with authentic period decorations - from streamers in the children’s room to poinsettias, holly branches and gorgeous ribbons in other rooms and parlors. For an especially unique experience, take a candlelight tour.
Nov. 20 - 23 and Nov. 29 - Dec. 22, 2022
Hills & Dales Estate
Celebrate the season at the Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange. The halls of this Georgian Italian villa are decked with fresh plants, flowers and evergreens. In the living room is a Christmas tree decorated circa 1940s, and a special display adorns the Palm room. Tour the home, and learn to make your own greenery at wreath workshops.
Enjoy a daytime fun-filled train ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Lasting only an hour, the ride is great for families, and all children get a traditional bell and a candy cane.
Select dates November through December 2022
Santa Express in St. Marys
On the Georgia Coastal Railway, the magic of Christmas comes alive during the Open Air Railcar Experience, when Jolly Old St. Nick himself and his elves board the train. Enjoy entertainment all along the way. Or, you can choose the Santa Special, which features an interactive, family-friendly adventure with heroes Mason and Molly on a quest to save Christmas. Santa makes an appearance along with the Snow Queen, elves, snow people and more.
Select dates Nov. 25 - Dec. 24, 2022
Holiday Train Rides on SAM Shortline
Reserve your tickets on the Historic SAM Shortline Railroad for several special holiday train rides. Join the ride to Plains on Nov. 26, 2022, to see the annual Christmas Lighting, ride the Candy Cane Express, and more!